Time-Proven Clothing Tips for Commuting During Winter
Smart clothing is more important for cyclists who travel regardless of any weather concern. Be it a chilly breeze, blizzard, or winter rain, we need extra protection, so we’ve rounded up the best time-proven clothing tips for bicycle commuters:
This is pure science – several layers of clothing will work better than one heavy outfit. Wear tight baselayer underneath to prevent cool airflow. Use a fleece for the second layer and a light jacket for the third. Also, wear a cap/bandana and a hat as a second layer beneath the helmet. In case of extreme weather, use more layers instead of heavier clothing. The merino wool base layer is also a time proven material which ensures that your body keeps the most warth inside of the layers.
A good snood will also help keep your neck and face warm, and stop you getting ill.
The last thing you want on cold days is even colder toes. That’s why investing in a good pair of winter socks (ideally waterproof ones) is a great idea.
Proper Gloves or Double Gloves
Palms and fingers are probably thefirst body parts to get cold when cycling. During longer rides when fingers get really cold – it may lead to frostbite.
Once the temperature gets to the freezing point, be sure not to cycle without at least a single layer of gloves. The best option would be to go for double gloves, just remember to leave some extra space for the fingers.
Hand warmers (like those sold in fishing stores) might also help survive a few hours longer. And, of course, these days it’s very helpful if you can find gloves that are smartphone friendly – that way you can keep using your phones to make calls, browse the web, find the latest sports odds, learn a language or what you do on your phone.
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Vaseline & Moisturiser
Lips are one of the most sensitive part of the body. Yet most of the times they receive the least attention. They often become chapped and patched after a colder ride. Not only does it make you look unappealing but it can often lead to some serious condition. Make sure to apply a layer of Vaseline on your lips before the ride.
Face moisturiser and a bit of sunscreen might save the day as well since cold wind and sun sometimes get even more potential in winter.
To stay safe from the chilly winter wind, make sure to invest in quality windproof clothing. Though there are many brands to choose from, any windproof brand would do better than usual clothes if you’re on a budget. The best option would be to go for wind stopper gloves, pants and a jacket.
Rain is basically a guarantee during winter. And while your water-resistant attire may hold up in light drizzle, when it’s really belting down, you need some proper waterproof gear. I’d always recommend keeping a pair waterproof overtrousers and a jacket in your bag, so that you can throw them over your normal clothes if you encounter a downpour.
Likewise, keeping your bike dry when it’s not in use will prevent rusting and significantly increase its lifespan – invest in a decent waterproof bike cover and you’ll save a lot of money in the long term!
Cooling Down/Removing Layers
Everyone who cycles during winter knows the feeling of entering a warm room straight after an intense ride in coldness. Huge temperature differences make you sweat instantly. A simple, yet great prevention is to cool a bit down before the end of the ride or removing a layer a few minutes before entering a room.
The article was written by Adam from Wearethecyclists.com.